It sure seems simple. Consume fewer calories than you burn. This is the secret to losing unwanted pounds.
Then why is it so hard? It seems easier to follow the law of the calorie when you have no especially fun plans. When I was working, most weeknights fell into this category, a night with no especially fun plans.
But now, almost every night is filled with especially fun plans. Last night we had friends over for homemade pizza under the stars. We enjoyed the unseasonably hot weather, the homegrown lettuce, and would have enjoyed the homegrown strawberries if the birds didn't get to them first! I, of course, overindulged in food and wine--consuming way more calories than I burned.
The night before we went to dinner with some friends at a brewpub to hear some live music. I volunteered for designated driver status, so I didn't drink, but I still managed to consume way more calories than I burned.
And the night before that we went out for dinner and a movie. That's the problem with retirement; too many fun nights, too many calories.